Key former player Fri 31 Oct 2014
Over nine seasons between 1983 and 1992, Kerry Dixon became one of the best loved players ever to appear for Chelsea.
Kerry joined from Reading for £175,000 as the team was rebuilt following near relegation to the Third Division and he made an immediate impact scoring twice as promotion favourites were beaten 5-0 on the opening day. Kerry scored 34 goals that year as the club claimed the Second Division title.
In his first season in the top flight Kerry scored 36 goals to win the Golden Boot and take his Chelsea tally to 70 in just 101 games, earning a call up to the England squad in the process.
A serious muscle injury in January 1986 slowed Kerry's progress though and he was never the same player again. He almost left the club as the team was slowly broken up and relegation followed in 1988. Ironically, this helped to rekindle some of his earlier form and Kerry totalled 25 league goals as he won the Second Division title for the second time. Back in the First Division he scored 26 as we finished fifth, our highest position since 1970.
Two poor seasons followed though, and he joined Southampton in 1992, with 193 Chelsea goals to his name, tantalisingly just nine goals short of Bobby Tambling's record.